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By Catherine Tumber

Opposite to renowned proposal, New Age spirituality didn't by surprise seem in American lifestyles within the Nineteen Seventies and '80s. In American Feminism and the start of latest Age Spirituality, Catherine Tumber demonstrates that the recent Age stream first flourished greater than a century in the past through the Gilded Age lower than the mantle of 'New Thought.'

Based mostly on examine in well known journals, self-help manuals, newspaper debts, and archival collections, American Feminism and the beginning of recent Age Spirituality explores the contours of the hot concept circulate. throughout the lives of famous figures resembling Mary Baker Eddy, Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, and Edward Bellamy in addition to via extra imprecise, yet extra consultant 'New Thoughters' akin to Abby Morton Diaz, Emma Curtis Hopkins, Ursula Gestefeld, Lilian Whiting, Sarah Farmer, and Elizabeth Towne, Tumber examines the old stipulations that gave upward thrust to New proposal. She can pay shut awareness to the ways that feminism turned grafted, with various levels of good fortune, to emergent different types of liberal tradition within the overdue 19th century―progressive politics, the Social Gospel, humanist psychotherapy, bohemian lifestyle, and mass industry journalism.

American Feminism and the delivery of recent Age Spirituality questions the price of the recent age movement―then and now―to the pursuit of women's rights and democratic renewal.

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But for many, spiritualist passivity seemed to lead to acquiescence in the current state of affairs, and spirit materialization seemed a contradic­ tion in terms. Yet Christian Science and Theosophy also posed serious difficulties for those who wished to link gnosticism's religious radicalism to social reform. The Theosophical Society was actually instrumental in launching Edward Bellamy's nationalist movement in 1889, and that story will unfold in chap­ ter 3. But Madame Blavatsky, who in the same year had been caught rigging some of her occult performances by the distinguished International Society for Psychical Research, brought discredit to the Society.

The vibrantly theatrical partisan politics of the last third of the nineteenth century, with its appeal to religious and ethnic loyalties, led to the highest levels of voter turnout in American his­ tory. But the political parties were unable to tackle the private incorporation of public life because, by the 1880s, party bosses were in the pocket of cor­ porate interests. Dazzling technological achievements in industry and trans­ portation, which secured the intellectual triumph of science and popular cel­ ebration of the machine, introduced dizzying changes to the tone of daily urban life, from the speed of the trolley car to the monumental scale of the urban landscape to the distance of corporate markets and the impersonality of industrial products.

Mary Ryan, who has offered the best revisionist account to date, shows how commercial and political leaders in the growing urban centers made a deliberate effort to carve out public space for women as early as the 1850s. Parks, theaters, pub­ lic gardens, libraries, ice cream parlors, and, above all, stores made urban thoroughfares more suitable for "respectable" middle-class women. But as Ryan herself acknowledges, a woman's presence in public was riddled with re­ minders that her position was morally tenuous, sexually vulnerable, and aes­ thetically questionable.

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